Survival Story: Survival Straps at Sea

Even on the most well-prepared of trips or adventures, unexpected events occur that can likely throw a wrench in your plans, which is why having 550 military spec paracord on hand is ideal. Peter learned this first-hand while on boat race with friends. He shared this exciting story with us:

“I was sailing in the Bermuda Race on my boat. The race was from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda. We were going into an overnight race, and we had stocked up on everything. We had a week’s worth of food and water. We had half a dozen sails or more and many yards of line. The race was 635 miles, and we hoped to sail that in 3 to 4 days. It was the second night when the seas got rough and the winds started to pick up. I believe it was about 2 am and out of nowhere there was a giant BOOM. The main sail’s halyard had snapped. I was half asleep on the rail when it happened and was suddenly smothered by a 100 pound sail. When I emerged from the cocoon of sail, I found the halyard at the mast flopping around. I needed a line or something fast. I realized that I had my Survival Straps Survival Bracelet on and decided to use that as the fixing line. So I cut an end and unraveled the band. All the while, we are going through 10 foot swells and 20-30 miles per hour wind. So, I spliced the two lines together and fixed the line with the military grade paracord. As a result, we got through the storm and the race; we finished in fourth place over all. What was amazing was the fact that when I took the sail down, the paracord was still tough and strong – even after having thousands of pounds of pressure on it for 50 hours straight!”Peter - BermudaWhat a view! Congrats on a successful trip, and we’re thrilled to have been a part of such a cool adventure.

Do you have a cool Survival Story to tell? Don’t forget to let us know! Email your stories and pictures to stories@survivalstraps.com,  follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and Survival Stories, and check out the many other instances where our customers used their Survival Straps gear, here.

Survival Straps Christian Collection

Survival Straps® is excited to introduce a new feature with our Survival Bracelets™ and key fobs. Our Christian Collection comes interwoven with a beautiful stainless steel cross that adds a personal and unique display of your faith. Both charm and enclosure are made from the same incredibly strong material and are built to never rust, break or fade.

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Whether for yourself or as the perfect gift for an impossible-to-shop-for loved one, our new collection is sure to be something the entire family will love and wear daily. With several feet of durable military spec paracord at your disposal, you can combine style and utility wherever you go. Choose up to two different colors to fit your personal style and wear them with pride as Survival Straps stands for strength, honor, survival and the greatness of American production.

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Purchase your Survival Straps Christian Collection gear, here.

Survival Straps Mossy Oak Collection

Survival Straps® is fired up to launch the Mossy Oak® collection which is designed to fit the lifestyle of hunters and avid outdoorsmen. Each Survival Bracelet™ and Mossy Oak accessory including key fobs and necklaces are made with super strong 550 military issue paracord. In a pinch or an emergency situation, Survival Straps products can be unraveled and used as cordage for tying down a trophy buck to a 4-wheeler, storing gear from a tree branch, fixing a broken binocular strap or even as a tourniquet.

Mossy OakIf you do use it, send us your story, and we send you a new one for free. All Survival Straps® products are made in America and help to support our men and women in uniform. You can get them by visiting our website, here.

Survival Straps: Megan and Dan’s Wild Engagement

While we sure are glad that our gear can come in handy during emergency survival situations, we love hearing the lighter stories about where you take and use your Survival Straps gear. Megan recently emailed in a very happy and joyous occasion of which we were so thrilled to have played a small part. Megan wrote:

“My dad started taking me backpacking when I was 17, and I fell in love with it. Everything about being outdoors, pushing the limits of my comfort zones, accomplishing goals and literally getting over that mountain, made me happy. When I started dating Dan, he had never been backpacking, but wanted to try it, so we took him with us. He also fell in love with it and we have been going every year since we’ve been dating (5.5 years, this was our 5th trip together).

ProposalTwo years ago I purchased a Survival Strap for my dad, who loves it and wears it on all of his backpacking trips, as well as his call-outs for the Search and Rescue team he is on. Last year, I ordered Survival Straps for Dan and myself to take with us on the trail.

Proposal 1This year, Dan proposed to me on top of Precipice Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness (High Sierra Trail, Sierra/Kings Canyon National Park). It wasn’t your typical proposal. It was 10,600 feet of elevation, we were grimy from being out on the trail for 3 days already, we were hungry and tired, but it was perfect in every way. (I said yes, of course!) We still had twenty miles of trail to hike out of and I couldn’t wear my engagement ring, since I was afraid of losing/wrecking/making it filthy, I attached it to my Survival Strap, so I could at least see it sparkle in that beautiful sunlight.

Proposal 2Even when not unraveled, Survival Straps are extremely useful! Thanks to mine, I was able to enjoy my engagement ring while backpacking through the High Sierra’s. Thank you for such an amazing product.”

A HUGE congratulations to the happy couple! We are so excited to have been a part of your big day, and we wish you both many more years of happiness together. Thank you for sharing, Megan and Dan!

Do you have an interesting survival story to tell? Don’t forget to let us know! Email us at stories@survivalstraps.com.